Early celestial globe by Jean Pigeon, circa 1720

Early celestial globe by Jean Pigeon, circa 1720

13500 euros



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Category: Globes & Orreries


Very rare French celestial globe with a signed cartouche : 

“Ce Globe du Ciel a été dessiné selon l’Observation presente de la [sic] l’Astronomie de Paris de trois cens étoiles de Jean Pigeon Mathe[maticien] dedié à S.A.R. Mgr le Duc d’Orleans”. 

The globe is 13.5 cm diameter and about 21 cm high, mounted on its original four-legged Dutch-style base. 

Jean Pigeon is one of the pioneers in France, with Bion and Delisle, in the production of terrestrial and celestial globes as well as spheres. He remained famous for designing the first sphere with a clock system based on the heliocentric theories of Copernicus. 

All the globes signed by Pigeon are particularly rare, this one with a cartouche in French was well realized during his lifetime. There are later Latin versions of the same globes.


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FR Le Zograscope

Established by Alexandre Piffault in 2014 and based in Paris, Le Zograscope specializes in antique and rare books in Science, Medicine and Technology, and rare antique instruments in the same fields. We have especially a strong interest in early and continental microscopy, early and special mathematical/drawing instruments, medical and surgical instrument, and rare technology.

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